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Fernando Alonso has admitted defeat in the race for the 2013 Formula One drivers' championship

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Vettel won his fifth race in a row in the Japanese Grand Prix to all but confirm his fourth consecutive drivers' title

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Maria de Villota passed away aged 33 just a year after being involved in a horrific crash where she lost her right eye

Drivers pay silent tribute to ‘tragic’ Maria de Villota

Former test driver passed away on Friday morning in Seville

María de Villota is seen on the grid before the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya back in May

F1: Doctors inform Maria de Villota's family that her death was linked to testing accident that she suffered last year

De Villota was found dead in a Spanish hotel yesterday morning 15 months after she lost her right eye in a shocking accident at Duxford Aerodrome while testing for Marussia

Sebastian Vettel will start the Japanese Grand Prix in second behind his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber

F1: Mark Webber unlikely to help Sebastian Vettel to clinch fourth world championship at the Japanese Grand Prix

Australian remembers the Malaysian Grand Prix when Vettel defied team orders to pass Webber to claim victory, with the Red Bull duo lining up together in the front row for tomorrow's race

Sebastian Vettel (bottom) drives past Fernando Alonso, who is facing the wrong way after spinning during practice

Japanese Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel edges inexorably nearer title

On a day when the imminence of Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive World Championship paled into insignificance in the face of Maria de Villota’s human story, the German once again took control of events on the racetrack.

Maria de Villota has died aged 33 just a year after being involved in a horrific crash where she lost her right eye

Maria de Villota obituary: One of a handful of women to test-drive in Formula 1

Formula One paddock in mourning after the former Marussia test driver was found dead at the age of 33

Sebastian Vettel finished second practice with the fastest lap time at Suzuka

F1: Sebastian Vettel returns to the top of the table in Japan after Lewis Hamilton briefly threatened the 2013 world champion in waiting

The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets in first practice before Vettel and Mark Webber followed suit in second practice with a Red Bull one-two

Sign of the times: Sebastian Vettel is an unpopular world champion

F1: Michael Schumacher era was more boring insists Sebastian Vettel

The Red Bull driver has found himself booed due to his domination of the sport

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel

F1: Lewis Hamilton clarifies comments after claiming Sebastian Vettel dominance was boring fans

The German Red Bull driver is set for his fourth world title in a row

Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium in Korea

F1: Ferrari concede defeat to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull after Stefano Domenicali congratulates the German as he closes in on a fourth world championship

Vettel could win title at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix to join Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost in winning four drivers' championships

Sergio Perez of Mexico and McLaren locks his brakes while driving during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix

F1: Pirelli defend tyres amid more criticism from drivers including Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber

Manufacturer insist they are simply providing what was asked of them

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel

Lewis Hamilton 'feels for the fans', claiming Sebastian Vettel dominance is making F1 a turn off

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Dario Franchitti was injured in this horrifying crash after his IndyCar was launched into the air after he hit the wall

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Several spectators were also injured in the accident when the three-time Indy 500 winner collided with ex-Formula One driver Takuma Sato on the final lap of Sunday's Grand Prix of Houston

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